Community asked to rid Little Falls of vandalism

White markings mar the appearance of the Little Falls mountain ridge. Photo: Stephen Child

The Little Falls mountain ridge, a favourite spot for hikers and runners, has been marred by vandalism for the past 10 months.

It was first reported in November 2016 that letters, messages and contact details had been painted on the rocks at the top of the ridge. Stephen Child, a local resident and runner who photographed and reported the vandalism, has seen no action taken.

A religious group has painted its name and contact details on the rocks. Photo: Stephen Child

The marking are said to have been made by a religious group that left their its details and church name painted on the rocks. There is no law that prevents religious groups from conducting their meetings in parks and open spaces; however, the mountain ridge is part of a park and essentially council property, and thus the markings are considered vandalism.

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Ward 85 councillor, Carl Mann, said at the time that since this was a by-law violation, the Metro Police should follow up on the matter. As of August, Carl said he has been chasing up the matter with Metro Police so that they could charge the church with vandalism. However, a new Metro Police ward commander will soon be appointed for the ward and the process of following up on the matter will begin again.

Another issue is that there is no budget to facilitate the cleaning of the rocks at the moment as specific chemicals would have to be used to preserve the vegetation.

Paint and painting equipment was left behind after the vandalism. Photo: Stephen Child

He wishes the Metro Police were able to catch the religious group in the act but unfortunately their meetings normally take place at odd hours. Further, the lack of information on the group is making it difficult to find out who exactly participated in the vandalism.

Carl hopes he can get the community involved in cleaning the rocks and that the matter will be resolved by Christmas. He said the new MMC is also aware of the issue and thinks more conservation notices should go up in the park to warn visitors of the ‘dos and don’ts’.

Any volunteers, sponsorship or suggestions from the community can be sent to [email protected] or Carl can be contacted on 072 616 2025.

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